YouthCivics_City_of_Charlotte

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YouthCivics_City_of_Charlotte

  1. 1. GenerationNation.org City of Charlotte Government This is a PDF. Contact us for editable presentation document.
  2. 2. 2 GenerationNation.org THE CITY Municipality = city, town, village In Mecklenburg County • One city - Charlotte • Six towns - Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville No legal difference between a city, town or village – is preference of the residents
  3. 3. 3 GenerationNation.org COUNCIL-MANAGER Charlotte is one of the largest US cities with this form of government • Manager reports to city council • City Council votes on Manager’s recommendations Responsibilities divided • Elected Officials + Appointed City Manager Provides skilled professional administration for city government
  4. 4. 4 GenerationNation.org CITY SERVICES Community Health and Safety • Police*, Fire/Emergency Services, Animal Control* • Water/Sewer*, Garbage, Yard Waste, Recycling Transportation • Bus, Train (Rapid Transit), Airport Infrastructure • Build/maintain city streets, street lights, sidewalks Planning and Development • Land Use, Zoning, Housing, Neighborhood Development • Economic Development/Jobs * Consolidated Service with County
  5. 5. 5 GenerationNation.org WHO RUNS THE CITY? The Mayor and City Council • Elected • 12 Total Members • Establishes priorities on community needs, sets policy, establishes the budget, levies taxes, creates ordinances Ron Carlee • Hired by City Council • Responsible for daily operations of the city and Charlotte City Manager
  6. 6. 6 GenerationNation.org CITY MANAGER Responsibility • Carries out the City Council's policy decisions • Provides vision and leadership • Oversees daily operations of City government Key administrative officer of the City • Assisted by a leadership team made up of Deputy and Assistant City Managers and members of the Manager's staff
  7. 7. 7 GenerationNation.org MAYOR Elected every 2 years Presides at City Council meetings • Votes in the event of a tie • Has veto authority With City Council, is responsible for establishing the general policies for City Chief spokesperson for the City • Represents city at ceremonies and events • Local, state, national, international Mayor Jennifer Roberts (D)
  8. 8. 8 GenerationNation.org CHARLOTTE CITY COUNCIL Elected every 2 years • 4 members by citywide vote (at-large) • 7 members from voters in districts Key roles – Establish general policies for City (with mayor) – Appoint positions – City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk – Boards and Commissions members – Review annual budget, set tax rate, oversight for City operations, authorize contracts. – Enact ordinances, orders (laws at local level) – Graffiti, noise, curfew
  9. 9. 9 GenerationNation.org CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS At-Large Vi Lyles (D) Mayor Pro-Tem Julie Eiselt (D) Claire Fallon (D) James Mitchell (D) District 1 District 2 District 3 Patsy Kinsey Al Austin LaWana Mayfield (D) (D) (D) District 4 District 5 District 6 District 7 Gregory Phipps John Autry Kenny Smith Ed Driggs (D) (D) (R) (R)
  10. 10. 10 GenerationNation.org CITY BUDGET FY2016 = $2.119 billion Sources of funds= Taxes, fees, other • Property tax=47.87 cents/$100 of property Where each dollar goes • 25 cents - Public transportation (CATS, light rail, etc.) • 21 cents - Airport • 17 cents – Public Safety (Police, fire, etc.) • 14 cents – Water and sewer • 11 cents - Public works • 4 cents – Housing, Economic Development • 4 cents - City operations • 4 cents – Storm water Source: Mecklenburg County FY15-16 Tax Brochure NOT CMS!
  11. 11. 11 GenerationNation.org GET INVOLVED Contact officials, follow issues – Social media: search Twitter hashtag #cltcc Join Charlotte-Mecklenburg Youth Council – GenerationNation www.generationnation.org City Council Meetings – Monday evenings at the Government Center – Who can attend? Anyone! – Sign up to speak or watch the meeting online http://charmeck.org/city/charlotte/CityCouncil/Pages/default.aspx

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